ESE601: Students With Exceptionalities in the School Setting

ESE601: Week 4 – Discussion Forum

Week 4 – Discussion Forum

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

The grading rubric is based on 10 points, and the discussion is worth 3% of your grade.

  Positive Behavior Planning (Scenario) [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLO: 3]

This discussion is your opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the objective: Compare positive proactive classroom behavior strategies.  The discussion represents an introduction to Course Learning Outcome 3 and the MASE Program Learning Outcome 1.


Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum,

Managing Classroom Behavior (Links to an external site.)


As you navigate this scenario, consider how you can apply these concepts and critical terms to your chosen path or learning environment in the field of education. Points to ponder as you begin:

  • P-12: Consider the state or educational standards your district follows or the Common Core State Standards.
  • Early Childhood: The National Association for the Education of Young Children or your local education standards.
  • Post-secondary: Adult learning or training environments (e.g., educational, military, corporate environments) and standards aligning with professional learning.


You notice that when Mr. Franklin tells the class it is time to stop their work and move to the next activity, it takes a long time for the class to complete their current activities, gather their materials, and transition to the next class. Because of this lag time, the students are often late to their next class, which makes Mr. Franklin feel frustrated. Responding to this ongoing issue, Mr. Franklin tells the class they will miss five minutes of their lunch time to make up for their lateness.

Take Action

Initial Post: Create an initial response that explains how Mr. Franklin’s response was reactive instead of proactive. Describe at least three proactive strategies Mr. Franklin can use for a smoother transition process. Include in your description how this strategy would be implemented with supporting evidence from the readings and Week Four’s Instructor Guidance

Guided Response

Review the posts of your classmates and that of your instructor. Respond to the following questions, using support from this week’s assigned reading and the Instructor Guidance lesson, with careful attention to the details presented by your peers in the selected posts. You must respond to at least two peers. In your response, consider summarizing what proactive discipline strategies means to you, comparing your peers’ response to your initial ideas of proactive discipline strategies, or explaining how they are the same or different to your own ideas presented in your initial post.

Distinguished responses will

  • Include a question about your colleague’s response.
  • Offer an additional resource that supports this week’s topics.
  • Discuss your colleague’s point of view.
  • Share your own related personal or professional experiences.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by including real-world application.
  • Support statements and responses with scholarly resources.

Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including the instructor) before the last day of the discussion. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real work experiences with this topic.

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